I’ll be honest, I don’t really enter many competitions.
I know it's cliché but I focus all of my time on delivering exceptional products to my clients and schooling other photographers through my various photography, business and marketing training programmes.
It’s not that there isn’t time to enter competitions but that it’s far more important to me that my actual customers get the amazing images they want and not a panel of dispassionate judges!
That said, I am shortlisted for various collections, which is obviously very nice, but this attention is not my focus.
I was also voted to be one of the UK's top 10 Winter Wedding Photographers by Professional Photographer magazine.
A second crucial reason is that with competitions it is possible to ‘get lucky’. Get that one lucky shot into a competition and win that prize and you are forever an ‘award winning wedding photographer’. To develop the kind of depth, variety and consistency required to reliably produce great, professional photographs takes years and a huge amount of effort.
Instead I focus on ‘Associations’ - groups of the world's best photographers who are peer reviewed or hand picked for entry into a small collection of the best wedding photographers in the world. Entry to something as exclusive as the invite only ‘Best of Wedding Photography’ is worth a hundred awards to me.